Archive for August, 2007

Tutorial Assessment

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

I’m wrestling with course plans for the fall term. Already there are eighty-one students signed up for my late medieval survey and nearly as many for the early modern British course. With numbers like that, even modest assignment schemes threaten to overwhelm me with a tidal wave of marking.
For instance, if I plan to assign […]

Gaming Geekout Moment

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Wired News headline: Beautiful New iMac Still Sucks For Gaming.
And that, Skippy, is why I’m getting another Windows (XP) desktop to replace one of our current, 4 year+ but gracefully aging desktops while also happily clinging to my pretty little Windows laptop that is just over six months old today.

Gearing Up

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Accomplishments of the last few days:

helped eldest host a sleepover
found my research material for the early October conference
started drafting a chapter proposal for an interesting CFP
dealt with four loads of laundry
rescheduled a thesis defense for the last time (I hope!)
acquired Rome - The Complete Second Season
read eight paperbacks
contracted a cold, blech!

Crystal Anniversary

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

It’s fifteen years today and we’re still as happy together as ever. Here’s to another fifteen, twenty, forty years or more of wedded bliss. Couldn’t be better!